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  • Top 10 Home Improvements You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

    You can save a lot of money if you choose to do most home improvement projects yourself. It is however important to note that most home improvement projects are best done by professionals. Our focus in this article will be those DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement projects you should never do alone because of a number of reasons the most notable being safety. Below are Top 10 Home improvements you shouldn't do yourself.

    1. Electrical wiring:

    This project tops the list of DIY home improvement projects you should never attempt especially if you are note a trained electrician or electrical engineer. Even though you might know a few things about electricity, there is more to electrical wiring than knowing a few codes. Besides, the National Electrical Code keeps changing. You are better of hiring an electrician if your DIY home project involves wiring.

    2. Floor roofing:

    If you live in house that has more than one storey, you are better off hiring a professional to handle floor roofing projects for you because of safety reasons. Any house that towers above one storey has a high roof that can cause fatal falls if you don't have safety gear and/or the right training.

    3. Plumbing:

    It is also advisable to hire a plumber to do DIY home improvement projects on plumbing. Although plumbing looks easy, you will be surprised how tricky it is. You need the right tools, skills and knowledge to do a commendable job.

    4. Installing sprinkler irrigation systems:

    Malfunctions are bound to happen when you try to install a sprinkler irrigation system on your own. To avoid incurring huge costs in water bills, repairs e.t.c. you should really consider hiring technicians specifically trained by sprinkler irrigation system manufacturers so that your sprinkler irrigation system is installed perfectly.

    5. Projects involving substantial use of concrete:

    Although fixing cracked driveway slabs or bricks isn't a challenge for the average homeowner, any projects involving substantial use of concrete should be left to professionals i.e. pouring large concrete slabs, making concrete driveways e.t.c. This is simply because you need the perfect/right mix which is impossible to achieve without prior construction knowledge.

    6. Framing:

    To do excellent framing DIY home projects, you need to have a lot of framing experience and tools. You also need to be knowledgeable on local building codes. Because the average home owner knows very little about building codes let along having framing experience, it is better to hire a professional for this project.

    7. Appliance repair:

    You should also refrain from doing appliance repair jobs simply because appliances are very delicate. Any wrong move by an untrained hand can render an appliance useless resulting in heavy losses.

    8. Air conditioning and heating projects:

    Installing air conditioning and heating units is more sensitive that repairing appliances. That alone should scare you from attempting such projects on your own let along the fire, damage and injury risks involved when you do a bad job which you are most likely to do unless you are a trained HVAC expert.

    9. Demolition projects:

    Even though demolition home projects are fun, you should never attempt them on your own. It takes more than a sledgehammer to do a safe decent demolition job. If you want to avoid risks associated with demolitions i.e. lead poisoning, structural collapse, electrocution e.t.c., you should really consider hiring a professional’s.

    10. Tree cutting/removal:

    As easy as this project seems, you need a professional (an arborist) to cut or remove a huge tree in your backyard safely. This is simply because many things could go wrong i.e. heavy branches may fall and damage people's property, the tree can fall on telephone wires e.t.c. You should stay away from such dangerous projects.

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 29th October 2013.

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